PHILADELPHIA – Junior Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) racked up 25 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs, to lead the Philadelphia University men's basketball team to a 65-55 non-conference victory over Franklin Pierce Sunday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Randolph shot 8-of-17 from the field, 4-of-9 from 3-point range, as he recorded his first double-double of the season, second in his career, for the Rams (2-0). He first career double-double came on Nov. 22, 2015 as he posted 22 points and 11 rebounds against Southern New Hampshire.
Philadelphia's defense was solid in Sunday's victory as the Rams held Franklin Pierce—who shot 56.7 percent in its win over Chestnut Hill on Saturday—to just 35.0 percent shooting and forced 13 turnovers.
After falling behind 10-6, Philadelphia made four of its next seven shots to go on an 11-1 run and take a 17-11 lead on an Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) basket at the 12:28 mark. Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) scored four of his nine points during the 4:23 span.
Franklin Pierce (1-1) came back to reclaim a one-point lead (18-17) as Jordan Lackey capped a run of seven straight Raven points with a 10-foot jumper. Philadelphia bounced back by hitting three 3-pointers as part of an 11-1 surge that put the Rams up by a half-high nine points (28-19). Randolph had eight of the 11 points.
The Ravens would lead once in the second half when Matt Banton drained two free throws with 14:28 left to make the score 41-40.
Josh Bradanese (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) sunk a layup on Philadelphia's next trip down the floor and the Rams would lead the rest of the way. The gap reached double figures for the first time (56-45) with 5:19 remaining when Gibbs stripped the Ravens' Donte Gittens and went in for a fast break layup.
Gibbs—who finished with nine points—made a layup with 14 seconds left to give Philadelphia a game-high 12-point lead (65-53).
Lackey had 17 points to lead the Ravens, while Gittens recorded 16 points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots.
Philadelphia heads to Goldey-Beacom to open Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.